Rusty over at The Jawa Report has analyzed the photo of an Israeli "missile"
that's been floating around the internet for a few days now. I was e-mailed a tip about it by astute reader Frank W. over the weekend, and didn't see anything beyond reproach in the picture. While there are some artefacts in the photograph around the missile, they seem to be due to the electronic transmission medium (i.e., JPEG) that the newswires use to put photos like this online. (You can bet that if the photo is reprinted in a magazine, it would be crystal-clear.)
Doesn't it seem odd that the two photogs would be standing side by side at the exact moment that an Israeli missile hits....er...something?
Rusty, of course these photographers are standing side-by-side. That is a staple
of modern photojournalism. See my banner above for starters.
Photographers travel in packs
, partly for safety reasons, partly because they are all competing to capture the same dramatic scenes.
When I covered the events of that day as they unfolded
(thanks for not linking back then, Rusty... wink), it was clear that a handful of wire photographers were all on site together, covering a Palestinian "swarm" of a bombed Hamas base camp. The ensuing scenes of carrying victims look laughable, but given that an explosion just went off nearby, it's not beyond reproach to think that someone could have genuinely been injured, either by flying debris, or by concussion. (The emotion displayed for the cameras may or may not have been genuine, of course.)
I hate it when there's no conspiracy to be had, but this definitely seems to be one of those cases... The all-knowing Allah has more on this photo as well
. See Ace if you're looking for snark
I'll dig up some other obvious examples of photographer-swarming shortly. I've definitely got a handful here in Ye Olde Archives. Stay tuned for more, folks!Update:
Alright, I'm finally on a high-enough-speed connection that I can make this happen. I'll be updating here for a few minutes, so keep your eyes peeled and your "Reload" button loaded...3 photographers, 1 subject
—It would seem that all three of these photographers "accidentally" happened on the same idea for a shot, an "innocent" Palestinian mother and child.
I'll be putting the rest beyond the fold, if you're interested!Update:
Rusty has been sent the real versions of these photos
, which are definitely worth a see. Maybe I was wrong... and thank you kindly
for the linkage, sir!Update again:
An astute AoSHQ reader points out that the projectile is most likely a Paveway II
.Back to our swarms of photojournalists...3 photographers, many aspiring wet marks
—When a terrorist group holds a press conference in the Palestinian terror-tories, our photographers are sure
to be there. Far be it from me to infer that the photographers collude
with these thug(ette)s, though...2 photographers, 1 hopeful victim
—Every event involving terrorists draws photographers, eager and willing to tell the thug's stories as fact.
The locals have learned that burning stuff is a quick way to get some fame
. More on the Media-Terrorist Complex
can be found over at Elder's joint.
And of course, faux-funerals are always a very popular pastime
You'll pick up on the worst offenders very quickly, by the way: They're all listed on the right-hand side of your screen, under the heading "Tag Browser." (In order to be listed there, the photographer in question must have been noticed at least 5 times by me... and the numbers are adding up so quickly, I'll have to increase that threshold soon!)
Representing the Propagandists are Abed Omar Qusini
, Adel Hana
, Hatem Moussa
, Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
, and the Muhammeds (just see the sidebar for links here, they're too numerous to recount again).
If the press had a single ounce
of credibility, it would fire and disassociate itself
from these base propagandists immediately
. Of course, as we all know, the press does not
care about being impartial—They will continue to report only events which show Israel and the United States in a negative light.
I guess that's the price we have to pay for dumbing down our schools here in the United States for as long as we have. It's a sad commentary to our nation that we cannot find a single editor that is willing to honestly
report the news as it is, rather than using their positions as a tool against the "hegemonic, imperial" powers of the Western nations. (Well, okay, there is at least one
out there—keep up the great work, Jules!)